Cycle Training on Weekends

The route and meeting location changes from week to week. The exact route, distances, ride leaders, any update on meeting point and time of departure and whether the ride is going ahead (depends on the weather) is communicated via email and Facebook a few days before the ride. The plan for the next few weeks is listed below:

Date Ride
Sunday 25th December
No ride
Sunday 1st January No ride
Sunday 8th January Surrey 3 Hills ride
Sunday 15th January Essex ride
Sunday 22nd January Surrey 3 Hills ride
Sunday 29th January Kent ride

Printable route maps and GPX files for some rides can be found in the bike routes section.

Rides to Surrey and Windsor from Richmond Park

We meet on at the cafe in the Roehampton Gate car park, Richmond Park. Please avoid blocking the road and pathways for other park users.

Rides head out to the Surrey Hills via Kingston and Esher or west to Windsor and the standard rides are:

One Hill - 71km long with cake stop at Box Hill. Route on MapMyRide.

Three Hills  - 85km long with cake stop at Box hill. Route on MapMyRide.

Four Hills - 105km long with cake stop at Box hill. Route on MapMyRide.

Five Hills - 110km with one cake stop at Peaslake and a toilet stop at Box hill. There are variations on this route including the commonly ridden Six Hills. Six hills 113km route on MapMyRide.

Windsor – 86km basic route with option for laps to make it 100km+. After arrival in Windsor, we’ll ride a varying number of laps of the Windsor triathlon bike course. Whether there is a cake stop depends on the group and its objectives. This route has less hills making it attractive to less strong riders but it is also an ideal route for Ironman training as it enables you to maintain an intensity and rack up more miles than the Surrey hills routes. 86km route on MapMyRide.

Introductory group – currently monthly. This coached session stays within Richmond Park with a focus on learning bike skills such as group riding, bike handling, hill climbing etc. This group is pitched at novice riders but is suitable for anyone who needs to learn or improve bike skills. Check with Serpentine's cycling co-ordinator when the next intro ride rolls or look out for notices in the egroup or newsletter.

Rides to Essex from Hackney Town Hall

We meet at Hackney Town Hall and head out to Essex, often stopping at the tea rooms in Blackmore for cake and coffee. Route and .gpx file for navigation.

Rides to Kent from Greenwich

Approx 80km. We meet at Cutty Sark and head out through Catford to the North Downs hills of Kent. The original route was devised by Karl Hamilton. Route and .gpx file for navigation.

Rides to The Chilterns

These involve a train ride from Marylebone out to The Chilterns. Once there it's a hilly looped ride and train back to London. One of the most popular routes is approx. 80km starting in Princes Risborough. Route and .gpx file for navigation.